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Eastern Washington Chamber of Commerce named the state of Washington’s 2015 Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year

Release Date: 
Monday, May 4, 2015
Release Number: 
SDORP 15-11
Contact: 
Matthew Williams, 206-553-7315

Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (TCHCC) was named the 2015 Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Seattle District Office, at an awards gala at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash., on April 30, 2015.

TCHCC is a non-profit, organized for the purpose of advancing the economic, industrial, professional, cultural, agricultural, educational and civic welfare of the Tri-cities (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland) and surrounding communities in Washington.

“Relationships with local Chambers of Commerce are essential for us at the SBA,” said District Director Nancy Porzio. “Working with the Chambers allows us to offer services and work together to benefit the small businesses within those communities. We are truly grateful for the leadership at the Tri-cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce who care so much about helping these small businesses thrive.”

The TCHCC accomplishes this mission by focusing on work force development through its support of education and training. Programs and services of the TCHCC are designed to appeal and foster meaningful dialogue, cultural awareness and commerce between Hispanic and non-Hispanic business communities.

The chamber has worked with Washington State University Extension on a program titled “Assistance for the Financial Health of Latino Businesses,” which provides free advice and capacity building resources to small, Latino-owned businesses.

They have also worked with the Tri-Cities Port District to offer exporting seminars. TCHCC hosted Young Latino Professional Networking events where more than 60 local small businesses, banks and service companies were in attendance to network and further small business growth within the Tri-Cities area.

Most notably the chamber holds an event each June called “Mariachi and More.” The event is designed to appeal to and foster meaningful dialog, cultural awareness and commerce between the Hispanic and surrounding communities.

“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact small businesses has on our country,” said Regional Administrator Calvin Goings. “It’s a chance to celebrate the dedicated, hard-working small business owners who are making a difference in their communities.”

Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.